No Warrior has been the subject of more speculation in recent weeks, which is nothing new for McGee. “I’ve been traded plenty of times,” McGee said. “So, it’s business. It’s the NBA. It’s how my career goes. So, I’m not really worried about that. If I get traded, I get traded. If I don’t, I don’t. I don’t want to get traded, but, if I do, I’m not complaining or bad mouthing anyone. It’s a business.”
Logan Murdock: JaVale McGee on the trade deadline: “I’ve been traded plenty of times. It’s a business. It’s the NBA.” “If I get traded, I get traded, if I don’t I don’t. I don’t want to get traded but if I don’t I’m not complaining or bad mouthing anyone.”
The reports that the Warriors are open to dealing McGee — and at 29, with a $2.1 million veteran minimum contract, there would undoubtedly be interest from teams looking for help in the middle – clearly haven’t affected his preparation. The Utah game is evidence of that. He’s not satisfied with his situation, but he’s been professional about it. “I’m on Finals-contending team, a team trying to win another championship,” McGee says. “That’s a good position to be in, no matter what your role is. I’m trying to focus on that and doing the things that will get me on the floor in more situations.”
The Chronicle confirmed last month that Golden State is open to trading McGee for a palatable offer. At 29, McGee is still an intriguing option for teams in need of frontcourt depth. He has at least a few years left of throwing down alley-oop dunks and swatting shots at a high level. “I’m just trying to get better,” McGee said. “Even if I’m not playing, I’m still getting better and trying to grind.”
Talks about the possibility of McGee leaving the Bay Area have apparently become a hot-button topic among Warriors fans that Golden State general manager Bob Myers felt that it’s best to address the situation without going into much detail of whatever deal he is cooking up with the Bucks. Here’s what Myers had to say when he appeared on 95.7 The Game. “I can’t do [speak about trade rumors]. It doesn’t make sense for me or JaVale or for our team or for the Milwaukee Bucks or anybody to talk about that publicly. I hope the fans understand. Just judge us on what we actually do or don’t do, not on what we’re rumored to do or not do.”
On Wednesday, GM Bob Myers was asked on 95.7 The Game about the possibility of trading McGee. Naturally, he didn't want to comment, but he briefly spoke to Warriors fans. "I can't do [talk about trade rumors]. It doesn't make sense for me or JaVale or for our team or for the Milwaukee Bucks or anybody to talk about that publicly. I hope the fans understand. Just judge us on what we actually do or don't do, not on what we're rumored to do or not do," Myers said.
Myers also addressed McGee's role going forward with the Warriors. "He was a pro last year. He went through periods were he wasn't playing. I think he's been a pro this year, meaning, it's not always going to swing your way. But one thing I think our players appreicate about Steve [Kerr], and which is something I appreciate working with him, is that he's very communicative, he's honest. He'll go to a player before a game and say 'Look, this isn't a good matchup for you.' You saw Zaza Pachulia being available for Cleveland and Steve started Jordan Bell and didn't play Zaza and Zaza is starting tonight. So for JaVale, I think the fact that he's experienced being in and out of the rotation serves him well. And Steve Kerr is not an agenda guy, he's not a play favorites guy. You can be in the rotation. You can be out of it," Myers said.
McGee hasn’t been happy with his minutes. This is on top of not being happy the Warriors only offered him a minimum contract back in the offseason and told him the starting role wasn’t on the table. McGee isn’t causing problems at all, but it only makes sense to consider moving him if another team is interested. McGee has value, but it is generally the same as what Bell provides.
July 1, 2022 | 9:53 am EDT Update
Chris Haynes: Yahoo Sources: Free agent center Thomas Bryant is receiving significant interest from contending teams including Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics. He’s expected to make a decision later this morning.
July 1, 2022 | 9:21 am EDT Update
Shams Charania: New Orleans Pelicans star Zion Williamson is nearing a five-year rookie max contract extension worth up to $231 million, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. The commitment will take Williamson’s new deal through the 2027-28 season.
Shams Charania: Williamson said after the season ended, “I couldn’t sign it fast enough.” Indeed, the All-Star locks in commitment to New Orleans. The deal is expected to include protections that both sides were sorting through overnight and will finalize, sources said.
Kevin Durant appears to have the Phoenix Suns atop his wish list following his trade request from the Brooklyn Nets. “Phoenix is the place he wants to go, I feel reasonably confident of that,” said Brian Windhorst on his podcast. “I think Miami is second. What I’m not confident over is that Phoenix is going to be able to give Brooklyn what they want. And I’m also not confident in what Brooklyn is going to prioritize.”
Tim Bontemps interjected that he expects Durant to end up with the Suns. “If you look at these trade, there’s a nexus point between what the player wants and the team wants,” said Bontemps. “Kevin Durant would like to play for the Suns. We can all agree on that. The Phoenix Suns also have a lot of stuff the Brooklyn Nets would want. They’re not going to get Devin Booker in this trade, but they’ve got Mikal Bridges, they’ve got Deandre Ayton they can put in a sign-and-trade, and they have Cam Johnson.”